THE SITE IS WITHIN A MIXED COMMERCIAL, EMPLOYMENT AND RESIDENTIAL AREA ON THE EASTERN SIDE OF THE CITY CENTRE WITH THE OLD MARKET RETAIL AREA LOCATED A FEW HUNDRED METRES WALKING DISTANCE TO THE NORTH. THE TEMPLE QUARTER ENTERPRISE ZONE (TQEZ) ADJOINS LAND IMMEDIATELY TO THE SITE’S SOUTHERN BOUNDARY
- The Bristol Local Plan is the principal planning policy document in Bristol. The thrust of Local Plan policy for the City Centre is to promote mixed use development making most efficient use of land, and which promotes social inclusion and community cohesion.
- The site itself is not allocated for a specific purpose. In this context, there is flexibility to consider a range of potential new uses for the Site based on general market opportunities and its physical context, including its central and sustainable location. Further planning information is contained within Technical Pack 1.
- There is a general expectation that development schemes will be residential-led on sites that are not subject to flooding constraints.
- Proposals for ‘town centre’ uses should complement and not detract from the role and vitality of the nearby Old Market retail area.
The Old Market Quarter Neighbourhood Plan sets out a range of aspirations for regeneration and provides guidance for development and growth in the area.
- The proximity of the TQEZ is identified as a key opportunity and the main Gardiner Haskins car park is one of a number of identified ‘Development Projects’.
- The Plan assumes that car parking provision for customers and commuters will be retained in the future but, nevertheless, it is identified as an opportunity for mixed-use development including uses that promote the evening economy and ‘do more’ for the character of the area.
- More generally, there is encouragement for mixed residential development, flexible business space, and community facilities across the area.
- Bristol City Council has commenced a review of its Local Plan with two related documents having recently been published for consultation (Bristol Local Plan Review; Urban Living SPD). The Bristol Local Plan Review is focussed on the concept of ‘urban living’ to address Bristol’s housing shortage, with the SPD providing guidance on how this can and should be achieved.
- The thrust is to promote higher density living and encourage most efficient use of previously-developed land, the Gardiner Haskins area being highlighted as an area with the potential for intensification.
- The emerging policy context indicates that residential led mixed-use is likely to be the Council’s preference for re-use/ redevelopment of the Site.